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Laker girl profile: Octavia recently turned her living room into a dance studio

January 23, 2011 |  8:15 am


This is the seventh post of a weekly series that helps you get to know the Laker Girls (who, by the way, officially go by one name only).

Laker Girl name: Octavia

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Years on the Laker Girls squad: 2

Area of Residence: Los Angeles, CA

College/High School: A current student at Central New Mexico - Majoring in Business Management

What prompted you to want to become a Laker Girl? I've always wanted to be a Laker Girl since I started dancing as a child. So, I moved to LA and auditioned. What do you think stood out to the judging panel, about you, regarding your audition? I can honestly say, I think they noticed my hair first……then, after that, the passion in my dancing.

What do you think makes a good Laker Girl? I think, what makes a good Laker Girl is a well rounded person that first loves to dance and perform. Also, an individual who can be an inspiration for others, someone the community can relate to and a person who loves/appreciates the game of basketball.

What is your dance experience?I've been training in Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-hop for 12 years.

Favorite dance routine, while being a Laker Girl?It's hard to pick one but I love performing one of our newest jazz routines to the song “Higher Ground”.

Favorite uniform?We have nicknames for all of our uniforms - so my favorite is our "black baby short" uniform. I think everyone looks great in it!

Favorite Lakers Player? Current: Derek Fisher- I admire how “down to earth” he is! Legend: Magic Johnson-he's an inspiration to us all!

Favorite Laker Girl memory so far?Being a part of the whole 2009-10 championship! Dancing at the game, being able to participate in the parade, the Championship ring ceremony……all of it!

What do you like most about being involved, as a Laker Girl, at local charity/community events?I love doing any charity/commuity events that involve kids. I like to talk with them and hopefully be an inspiration.

What would you say is your beauty secret?Drink a lot of water! It will help keep your body and skin hydrated.

What diet/workout tips do you have?Try to eat 5 times a day and excercise for at least 30 minutes, to keep your metabolism up.

What are your hobbies? I like watching football and movies. Recently, I turned my living room into a dance studio, so it's been fun going downstairs and dancing.

Career aspirations?I found a new passion for hosting, so becoming a sports broadcaster would be fun. I would also like to open my own dance studio in LA.

--Mark Medina

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